Thiruvallam Sree Parasurama Swami Temple is one of the most ancient temples situated on the banks of the Karamanai River near Thiruvallam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It is the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Sri Parasurama. The temple is 6 km from Kovalam Beach, 3 km from Attukal Temple and 2 km from Pazhanchira Devi Temple, 1 km from Sree Alukadu Devi temple. This heritage structure is placed under the list of monuments of national importance.
The place where Parasurama worshiped the Lord bears his footprints. This was worshiped by his disciple and one of the Chiranjeevis, Ashwatama. Parasurama’s idol with his axe is nearby. Lords Brahmma, Vishnu and Shiva honor the devotees of their respective shrines. Sage Parasurama installed Lord Shiva in the temple, Sage Vibakarana Lord Vishnu in the form of Veda Vyasa and Acharya Sri Adi Sankara Lord Brahmma.
The head of Padmanabhaswamy was seen in this temple and the feet at Tripadapuram Mahadeva temple. The body of the swami is seen in the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple. These 3 temples must be visited in one go.
Student devotees pray at the Vedavyasa shrine to gain wisdom and distinction in their academic pursuits. Longevity boon pujas are performed here as in Tirukadavur in Tamilnadu. People pray for a righteous, healthy and peaceful life and to bring up their children with moral values.
Parasurama Swami Temple Timings:
Morning: 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Evening: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Vallam Temple Greatness:
Vallam means head. As the length of the place extended till the head part of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy in Thiruvanathapuram, the place is called Vallam. Due to the prayer of His Holiness Vilwamangalam Swamigal, who installed the idol of Perumal, Perumal’s height decreased in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, according to Sthala Puranas. Parasurama temple is considered as the main part of Anantha Padmanabha Swami, Thiruvananthapuram is the body part and Tirupadapuram is his feet part. Therefore, it is suggested that devotees visit all three temples at the same time, one by one, to get the most out of the prayers.
Thiruvallam Temple History:
Sage Parasurama visited many holy places to relieve himself from the dosha he incurred for killing his mother as commanded by his father. As advised by Lord Shiva, he came to this place and had a bath in the Karamanai river. He got a Linga here, installed it and performed penance in this place and cleansed himself of the dosha. He also performed Tarpan for his mother here. After Parasurama, Sages Madanga and Gautama worshipped this Shiva Linga.
Sage Parasurama visited many holy places to get rid of the dosha he incurred for killing his mother on his father’s orders. On the advice of Lord Shiva, he came to this place and bathed in the Karamanai River. He obtained a Linga here, installed it and did penance there and purified himself from the dosha. He also played and performed for his mother here. After Parasurama, sages Madanga and Gautama worshiped this Shiva Linga.
Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple Address:
Kerala – 695027.